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Haye: I hope Wlad beats Leapai and I can get a rematch!

Phil Jay 20/01/2014

Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has stated that he would be interested in a return with Wladimir Klitschko two and a half years on from their first meeting in Hamburg, Germany.

Haye, 33, was defeated on points by the younger Klitschko in a loss the Briton went on to blame on an injured toe, and has since failed in any subsequent bid to secure a world title challenge.

Two spells in retirement, coupled with the Klitschko brothers’ formidable reign as champions has put a dent in Haye’s hopes, although the ‘Hayemaker’ is refusing to confirm or deny whether he will return to the ring a third time.

“I don’t want to focus too much on anything at the moment other than my gym and getting back to full fitness,” Haye told Gulf News in an interview on Monday, before being asked whether a return with Klitschko was possible. “I genuinely don’t. But boxing is a funny game sometimes, you think you have no chance of getting a certain situation and all of a sudden it falls on your lap,” said Haye.

Klitschko, 37, is currently pencilled in for a mandatory defence of his WBO title against Australian Alex Leapai in Germany and Haye revealed he was still hopeful that one day he could mix with the long-standing champion again.

“Good luck (to Wladimir) for his fight, he’s fighting someone I’ve never heard of. I hope he wins and keeps healthy and stays fighting for many years to come until my arm heals up and hopefully I can get a rematch.”

A domestic super-fight with Tyson Fury fell apart when the two-weight world title holder underwent shoulder surgery at the end of last year, although there are solid doubts over whether Haye will stick to the doctor’s advice and never fight again.

“Every decision I’ve made in boxing has been the one I thought right at the time. I’ve never said to myself I shouldn’t have said that. You can’t go through life regretting what you’ve said or done.

“You’ve got to make the best decisions at the time and live with them. If I could do it all over again I’m sure there would be different paths, but I’d never do my head worrying about things because I’m here today and everything seems hunky dory,” added Haye.